Alma Fuerte is a Tuition-Free Public Charter School.
Our application for the 2021 School Year is now open. Enroll for Grades TK-5 Today!
Alma Fuerte es una escuela publica.
Inscríba su hijo(s) para el año escolar 2021 hoy!
Alma Fuerte will have exclusive use of the Edison Campus for the 2020-2021 School Year!
We are so excited to make our learning environment even better!
How has COVID-19 affected Alma Fuerte?
For the first week and a half of COVID19 closures, like everyone else, we expected to be returning after Spring Break. Our teachers quickly churned out leveled packets that we distributed to our students. As we approached Spring Break, we learned that Distance Learning would be extended indefinitely so we set out to create a daily schedule for our families to follow. Just like at school, creating a predictable routine helps students feel safe, and safe students are ready to learn!
We worked to improve our website to help parents find the information that they needed, we distributed chromebooks, and provided best practices for families to employ at home. For the first day of distance learning, we divided each class into small leveled groups of about 5 students. Each group meets with the teacher for an hour. Any students that struggles to understand the lesson is then invited to a study hall where they receive direct attention from the teacher.
Our associate teachers have been integral in helping our zoom session run smoothly. Our Teacher's Assistants support our teachers by taking attendance, taking note of student engagement/ understanding. They have also been an immense asset in handling the technological part of distance learning, helping parents get set up, troubleshoot, as well as muting/un-muting students to help manage participation.
Now that our students are more comfortable in zoom and understand the expectations during class time, we are having the Associate Teachers remove themselves from class sessions that can run independently to set up 1-1 tutoring and check-in calls with our students.
Our classroom lessons have been amazing. We have however struggled with our online Physical Education, STEAM, and Art education due to these having larger, mixed-aged groups. We are working to improve this experience for our families and provide more structure. This week, we are going to try hosting a Zumba class! Overall, our students are just happy to see each other, to show off their pets and toys, and connect with their community. We are very proud of the effort put forth by our staff, our students, and our parents.
We pride ourselves in being transparent and will continue to update you on our strengths, challenges, and lessons learned. We encourage you to keep your ear to the ground - COVID19 is changing education drastically at a very fast pace. There is a lot is up in the air right now for everyone but we hope to provide a clear path to your child's education so that you can feel at ease with your child's transition to a new learning environment.
For families that are interested in joining Alma Fuerte, please take a look at our virtual events at the bottom of our page. We hope to be able to be back on campus soon to offer tours, playdates, info sessions, and events as soon as possible!
Alma Fuerte is a public school and does not charge tuition.
Alma Fuerte does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies or education programs.
In accordance with Education Code Section 47605(d)(2)(B), admission preferences in the case of a lottery shall be given to the following students in the following order:
Students who are currently enrolled (exempt from the lottery pursuant to Education Code Section 47605(d)(2)(B))
Siblings of existing students
Children of Founding Parents, teachers and staff, combined, not to exceed 10% of total enrollment
Residents of the District
Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
All other applicants
The waitlist for the current school year remains active until Alma Fuerte Public School’s admissions period commences for the following year. Applicants must re-apply for the lottery annually if the school is unable to offer them admission for the current year.
Alma Fuerte Public School staff will be available to assist families in completing this paperwork if needed.
Eligibility for Kindergarten
Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st (Education Code 48000)
Eligibility for Transitional Kindergarten
Your child must turn 5 between Sept 2-Dec 2.